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Things To Do for Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando

Updated: Apr 6

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer, Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to relax, reflect and reconnect with family and friends.

Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando

Memorial Day is most importantly, a time to honor and remember our fallen heroes, to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. the heroes who made it possible for us to enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend.

Here in Orlando there is a never ending variety of things to do, including special events, theme park visits, water park fun, day trips to the beach, and an amazing variety of outdoor activities including biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and airboat rides.

Of course don't forget to eat, and whether you're planning a picnic, bbq or a visit to your favourite restaurant, again there is so many options.

Overall, Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando is the perfect time to enjoy quality time with family and friends, and here we will guide through the best of Orlando and Central Florida.

Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando

Enjoy The Great Outdoors Here In Orlando

Enjoy The Great Outdoors Here In Orlando

For those seeking adventure this Memorial Day Weekend, then you can ride an airboat through the swamps in search of gators at both, Wild Florida or Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, or soar above the trees on zip lines and tarzan ropes at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park!

Looking for something a little more laid back? Enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Orlando with Painted Horizons Hot Air Balloon Rides, enjoy a Swan Paddle Boat Ride around Lake Eola or take a leisurely stroll in one of the many beautiful gardens and parks Orlando has to offer.

Cool Off In An Orlando Water Park

Cool Off In An Orlando Water Park

This Memorial Day Weekend experience miles of lazy rivers, massive wave pools and some of the most thrilling water slides imaginable and then some and of course we have awesome weather for water parks!

We love cooling off in all our local water parks and we have so much choice ready for you to enjoy!

Highlights include Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World, and the amazing South Pacific themed Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, while SeaWorld Orlando of course specializes in all things aquatic and their water park Aquatica is amazing.

LEGOLAND Florida's Water Park features Lego of course and is so much fun, while over at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay you'll discover Adventure Island!

Plus, with even more splashing fun in the fun of Island H20 Water Park at the Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee, Coco Key Water Park on International Drive and Treasure Cove Water Park at Westgate Resort near the Convention Center and you have an incredible selection of Water Parks.

Hit The Beach This Memorial Day Weekend

Hit The Beach This Memorial Day Weekend

So... when you think of the Sunshine State, two things spring to mind, theme parks and beaches, and thanks to Orlando's central location, you don't have to choose, pretty awesome!

Orlando is practically in the middle of both the historic east coast beaches and the stunning gulf coast beaches in the west coast of Central Florida, so this Memorial Day Weekend, whether you want a day at the beach or a weekend away, get ready to soak up the sunshine!

East Coast Beaches

The world's most famous beach is just an hour from downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach is all about the cars, a place to catch a NASCAR race and even drive your own car right on the beach.

Free summer concerts with movies and fireworks are offered May through October at the Bandshell, and there's plenty of entertainment and fun at the nearby boardwalk and fishing pier.

For a quieter corner, head to Ponce Inlet and climb to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse, built in 1835. Plus, for shopping and dining, a visit to Beach Street is a popular choice.

New Smyrna Beach is a hot spot for surfing, quirky shops, and delightful eats, plus you can drive your car onto this beach’s wide, compacted smooth sand! A must do for sure!

Once you’ve gotten your fill with paddle boarding and sunbathing, check out Flagler Avenue with Old Florida shops, local boutiques and casual eateries.

Orlando's closest beach is well known for its surfing culture with Cocoa the home of the world's largest surf shop,

Ron Jon Surf Shop at 52,000 square feet.

Open 24 hours a day, the huge store features everything under the sun, from T-shirts and seashells to beach bikes, paddleboards, and of course, surfboards.

The Cocoa Beach Pier area is fun with lot's of beach activities, while many families like the quiet of Lori Wilson Park where you'll find free parking, restrooms and outdoor showers.

West Coast Beaches

America’s number one beach, Clearwater is definitely a renowned hot spot, complete with shopping, dining, live entertainment, and a revitalized downtown area. White sand and clear, shallow waters make this beach a destination that can’t be beaten for families.

Don’t miss the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and the awesome sunset celebration that is held nightly at the always fun Clearwater Beach Pier. Don't miss it!

At Madeira Beach, the sun, the white sand beaches and emerald turquoise waters invite swimming and sunning, be a beachcomber, or just sit and watch the world go by from the shade of a beach umbrella.

Set sail on a sunset cruise or a daylong fishing excursion or just stroll the wooden boardwalk and check out the waterfront shops and dining options.

The main draw here is three miles of sparkling white, sandy beaches on shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Go swimming, shelling, sunning, snorkeling, parasailing and more, or simply walk the beach and take in one of the most stunning and memorable sunsets that you will ever see.

Hang out at the world's longest waterfront bar, Gators Cafe & Saloon, to catch the sunset and enjoy the atmosphere at the surrounding beach bars, for live music and dancing.

With miles of beaches, surf shops and boutiques, along with dining and water sports for all ages, it's easy to see why St. Pete Beach is voted one of the best beaches in the U.S.

At the heart of St. Pete Beach is the historic pink palace, the Loews Don Ce Sar Hotel, built in 1928 at the heart of America's Jazz Age. It's worth a visit to soak up the nostalgic, Gatsby-like atmosphere.

Make time to see the Salvador Dali museum in downtown St. Petersburg, housing the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Spain.

Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips On A Tankful

Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips On A Tankful

Orlando offers more things to do than most tourist destinations put together, and being located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando’s convenient location makes it easy to go on Memorial Day Weekend road trip, whether it's for the day, or the whole weekend, you can escape the theme park crowds, and enjoy Florida’s most picturesque landscapes at nearby cities, natural springs, and state parks.

Fill the gas tank and get ready to hit the road

The perfect place to experience Old Florida, Weeki Wachee is famous for its underwater theater and mermaid shows, located less than a two hour drive from Orlando, this is a beautiful state park where visitors can enjoy the 72 degree crystal clear waters, perfect for a day of swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, there's even a water park with flume rides.


Sarasota is only 2 hours from Orlando and offers a string of eight stunning islands tucked away into the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida.

You’ll find fascinating cultural attractions like The Ringling Museum and Marie Selby Botanical Garden and you can't miss the beautiful Siesta Key Beach.

Only a 40 minute jaunt north and you’re in Mount Dora, one of Florida’s beloved small town charms.

The biggest draw to this area is the Renninger’s Antique Center & Farmer’s Flea Market, where visitors come to shop for vintage treasures, while the array of outdoor cafes, galleries and wineries are perfect for a day trip away.

Drive two hours west past Tampa and you’ll find Caladesi Island State Park,in the city of Dunedin.

Located along the Gulf Coast, its white powdery sand, emerald waters, and lack of tourist crowds make this area feel like an off the grid slice of paradise, regularly ranked one of the top beaches.

Located in Orange City just 45 minutes from Orlando, Blue Springs State Park is the largest spring on the St. John’s River, a manatee refuge offering 72 degree temperatures that are perfect for cooling off.

Take a dip in the pale blue waters and soak in the views of the forested banks that surround you.

The oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is a great two-hour day trip for history enthusiasts.

Founded in 1565, here you can walk along the cobblestoned streets in the National Historic Landmark District,

walk the walls of the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and climb the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum for a stunning view of the city below.

In less than two hours you can be in Tampa, a vibrant city with a long list of family friendly attractions.

Browse artwork at the world renown Salvador Dali museum, relax on the award winning Clearwater Beach, or cheer on the local Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy an afternoon of feeding giraffes at Lowry Park Zoo or observing manatees at the Electric Manatee Viewing Center.

Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities at nearby Ocala National Forest, the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest, it’s here that you can explore over 360,000 acres of hiking or take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Silver Glen Springs.

One of the best places to experience Florida’s natural landscapes, an excellent choice for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Florida Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips

Memorial Day Weekend Events In Orlando 2023

We will be adding many more events to this list in the run up to Memorial Day Weekend, so check back often for the latest updates!

2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Now - Sunday, July 5, 2023

The popular and fragrant, 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival features fresh cuisine, colorful gardens, playful topiaries and vibrant entertainment.

The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series is back in 2023, featuring favorite tunes at the America Gardens Theatre.

And of course, fresh flavors will be on the menu at Outdoor Kitchens and other food and beverage locations throughout the park, among other delights.

Dinosaurs at Leu Gardens

Dinosaurs at Leu Gardens
Now - Sunday, July 9, 2023

Dinosaurs are back! This amazing outdoor exhibit of prehistoric creatures are inhabiting Leu Gardens until July 9, 2023.

Explore the the nearly 50-acre gardens to discover some of the most feared creatures on the planet. Featuring over 20 life-size dinosaurs ranging in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 ft. Daspletosaurus, cousin to the T-Rex.

Admission to the Dinosaur Invasion exhibit is included with a daytime garden admission.

32nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival

32nd Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
May 16 - May 29, 2023

A 14-day arts festival, the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is the longest-running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States, celebrating 30 years as “Orlando’s Most Unique Cultural Experience.”

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at ICON Park on I-Drive

Memorial Day Weekend at ICON Park Orlando
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day is a time to recognize the courageous men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country, and to honor our brave troops, ICON Park will host a variety of activities this Memorial Day Weekend.

On Friday, May 26, from 10 am to 3 pm, ICON Park is partnering with the US Army Kissimmee Recruiting Station to host a special event including a display of various military vehicles for families to get a close-up look at, there will be lots of fun activities too, and the kids can meet and cat with uniformed soldiers. The Army team will also have a tent set up with information about careers in the military.

In addition to the event, from May 26 to 29, all active and retired military personnel can ride The Wheel, ICON Park’s signature attraction, for free, plus their accompany family members can also receive 50 percent off tickets to the attraction.

Memorial 4 Day Weekend at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29, 2023

Join the Promenade at Sunset Walk for their Memorial 4 Day Weekend as they honor the men and women of our military who sacrificed their lives for our country.

Enjoy bands, DJs, street performers, markets, car shows, and more!

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night (Eras Version) 18+ Friday, May 26, 2023

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night (Eras Version) 18+
Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, 2023

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night (Eras Version) comes to House of Blues Orlando.

Sunset Music Festival Tampa

Sunset Music Festival
Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, May 28, 2023

This year, Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 and 28.

Sunset Music Festival brings big name artists to Raymond James Stadium each Memorial Day weekend with crowds in excess of over 50,000 attendees to the area.

Artist performing this year include AC Slater, Chris Lake, DJ Susan, Wuki, and Zomboy. With costumed-clad performing artists and colorful stages, Sunset Music Festival basks in the Florida sunshine.

Orange County Memorial Day Celebration

Orange County Memorial Day Salute
Saturday, May 27, 2023

Cypress Grove Park's annual Memorial Day Salut, honoring Colonel Joe W. Kittinger, Jr., and all Veterans! This is a free event, presented by Friends of Cypress Grove Park.

Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. The program includes: 9:45 a.m. Prelude 10-11:30 a.m.

Program: Meaning and Folding of the American Flag, VFW Post 2093 Community Band, Veterans Pinning Ceremony, POW/MIA Presentation, Patriotic Guest Speaker, Posting of the Colors.

Town of Celebration’s Memorial Day Flag Ceremony

Town of Celebration’s Memorial Day Flag Ceremony
Saturday, May 27, 2023

Memorial Day is a sacred day of remembrance for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

Join celebration as they pay tribute to our nation’s heroes at Celebration’s Veterans Memorial Ceremony. This event is held in conjunction with the Veterans Club of Celebration.

Freestyle by the Beach - Summer Dance Party
Saturday, May 27, 2023

Kick off the summer season with some Freestyle Dance Music at the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. For all the details click here.

Orlando Carnival Downtown

Orlando Carnival Downtown
Sunday May 28, 2023

Orlando Carnival Downtown 2023 is back on Church Street, Downtown Orlando.

Our parade kicks off down the streets of Church Street and goes down the street until it gets to Lake Lorna Doone Park where the Festival begins.

Bryson Tiller comes to House of Blues Orlando.

Bryson Tiller: Back and I'm Better Tour
Monday, May 29, 2023

Bryson Tiller comes to House of Blues Orlando. Get your tickets now!

Winter Garden Community Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 2023

The community is invited to a Roll Call of Veterans, placement of wreaths, and patriotic songs to honor and remember our local veterans who gave their lives during times of war or while serving in the United States armed forces.

Please come by to pay homage to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Winter Garden Community Ceremony

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